July 2000 Table of Contents


Living Heroes

Of the 3,411 individuals who have received Congressional Medals of Honor, 150 are alive today. Even with this small number, the FBI maintains an open case to identify and prosecute the "impostors" who falsely claim to be heroes.

Special Section: The Americans With Disabilities Act

Ten Years Later

The Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law July 26, 1990. Ten years later, are the "shameful walls of exclusion" really tumbling down?

Beyond the Beltway

In October 1990, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the creation of the Chicago Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities, the first cabinet-level, municipal office of its kind. Since then, leaders from 16 nations on five continents have visited Chicago to learn from this city's successes relating to disability issues.

Medical Informatics for Consumers

The key to survival in today's healthcare system is documented information—which can range from handwritten notes to electronic medical imaging files such as MRI or x-rays. What can you do to help keep track of all this data?

Special Section: PVA's 2000 Convention

Marvelous Minneapolis

The Minneapolis skyline showcases the city's vibrant and active lifestyle. But this metropolis isn't overwhelming: Big-city appeal melds with small-town charm. Millions of annual visitors enjoy its variety of culture, sports, entertainment, and shopping.

"Minneapolis is probably one of the most accessible cities you'll ever find," says Minnesota PVA Executive Director Tom Fjerstad. That's good, because this year's PVA annual meeting is being held in this "City of Lakes."

Convention Agenda

This is a tentative schedule of PVA convention activities at the Minneapolis Hilton & Towers, July 30-August 5.

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Just for Women

Pregnancy: Where can women with spinal-cord injuries turn?

News Beat

The University of Alabama/Birmingham Rehabilitation Research and Training Center completes study on the relationship of beverage type and fluid intake to the risk of stone formations in people with spinal-cord injury.

Sports & Recreation

Basketball pioneer, Robert Rynearson, passes on.

Travel Tips

No gamble here! Within sight of the Stratosphere, the American Wheelchair Veterans Association cottages in Las Vegas, Nev., offer spacious, completely wheelchair-accessible accommodations.

PVA in Action

How can recent air-carrier legislation help you?
Are you a veteran planning to build an accessible vehicle? Here's valuable information before you get started.

And Finally...

Dr. Jorge Jacobi, a friend to many, retires from the Miami VA SCI Unit.

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